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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds - On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements...more

Indian Government Approves New India-Cyprus Tax Treaty

The Indian government approved a new India-Cyprus tax treaty on August 24, 2016 that will allow the Indian government to tax capital gains on investments routed through Cyprus. This is part of a continuing campaign by the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.26.16

Plaintiffs in the Forex MDL currently in NY federal court argued this week to Judge Lorna Schofield that the 2d Circuit’s recent ruling dismissing some plaintiffs in an aluminium price fixing suit did not apply to rob them of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.25.16

US regulators are “ramping up oversight” of Swift—the financial messaging system used throughout global finance that’s been a key conduit for hackers in recent attacks of Bangladeshi and Ecuadorian banks....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.24.16

Apollo Global has settled its ongoing dispute with federal regulators, with the private equity firm agreeing to cough up $53 million to the SEC over an “array of [alleged] securities law violations”....more

Singapore Legal Update - August 2016

MAS Proposes Enhancements to the Regulatory Requirements on Protection of Customer’s Moneys and Assets - The MAS Consultation Paper on Enhancements to the Regulatory Requirements on Protection of Customer’s Moneys and...more

ISDA Launches 2016 Variation Margin Protocol to Facilitate Compliance With Margin Rules

On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol will help market participants implement the new variation...more

Singapore Legal Update - July 2016

A Conditional Primary Obligation to Pay Is Not a Penalty - In iTronic Holdings Pte Ltd v Tan Swee Leon [2016] SGHC 77 (Singapore High Court, 21 April 2016), the Singapore High Court held that an obligation to pay a...more

FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties. Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 3 [Video]

In this 10-episode podcast series I take a look at all ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program as set out in the FCPA Guidance. In this episode I review Hallmark 3 - Oversight, Autonomy and Resources....more

European Banking Authority Opines on Virtual Currencies and the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive

The European Banking Authority published an Opinion on the Commission’s proposed amendments to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and its application to virtual currencies. The Commission is proposing to bring...more

EURIBOR Categorized as a Critical Benchmark under EU Legislation

A Commission Implementing Regulation establishing a list of critical benchmarks used in financial markets under the Benchmark Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union...more

NBU lifts pricing expertise requirements for imported services

Starting from 19 August 2016, Ukrainian residents are no longer required to obtain a pricing expertise certificate issued by the State Information and Analytical Centre for Monitoring International Commodity Markets in order...more

Financial Stability Board Reports on Risks Posed by Central Counterparties and the CCP Workplan

The Financial Stability Board published a progress report on its CCP workplan. The progress report provides an update on implementation of a workplan agreed on by the FSB, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the...more

Bridging the Week - August 2016 #3

Another Publicly Traded Firm Sanctioned by SEC For Allegedly Undercutting Whistleblower Protections Through Severance Agreements: Health Net, Inc., a formerly publicly traded company whose securities were registered with the...more

ISDA Publishes Variation Margin Protocol

On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol is intended as a tool to help market participants that will...more

European Commission Implementing Regulation on Information for Calculation of Technical Provisions and Basic Own Funds for Q3 2016...

On August 18, 2016, the European Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1376 laying down technical information for the calculation of technical provisions and basic own funds for reporting with reference dates from June...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Advice on Extension of AIFMD Passport to non-EU AIFMs and AIFs

The European and Securities Markets Authority published its advice to the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the extension of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive passport to non-EU Alternative...more

Dentons/CHINCA MEA Project Reporter - Chinese contractors and Middle East and Africa projects markets

On a bi-monthly basis, we will present a shortlist of upcoming projects in the Middle East and Africa which may be of interest to Chinese contractors and investors looking to do business in the region. These are projects...more

Blog: PSD2: “strong customer authentication” – what, when & how?

From 13 January 2018, banks, electronic money issuers and other payment service providers (together, PSPs) will be required to “appl[y] strong customer authentication“. Now that we have both the second Payment Services...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 18, the Olympics edition [Video]

Show notes for week ending August 19, 2016: 1. Key Energy FCPA enforcement action. 2. More Och-Ziff FCPA news as its “Fixer” is arrested for FCPA violations. 3. EU’s to Olympic committee arrested and charged with ticket...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 1 [Video]

In this series, I review the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program. This episode premiers Hallmark No. 1....more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 274, Scott Lane on an holistic approach to third party management [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Red Flag Group CEO Scott Lane on a holistic approach to third-party risk management....more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 273 [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Marc Bohn, Counsel at Miller & Chevalier on the recent 11th circuit opinion limiting the SOL on profit disgorgement claims to 5 years and the IRS tax letter holding payments for profit...more

The (Heart)Beat Has Sounded: The World Economic Forum Places Blockchain Front and Center

It’s official – Blockchain is ready for its close-up. Blockchain and smart contracts have moved out of the wings and are the new stars of the finance industry, according to the World Economic Forum’s report released on...more

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